Sunday, March 31, 2013

SuperTooth HD Voice In-Car Speakerphone review

Not too long ago I had a few Bluetooth earpieces that I mainly used ?while driving. I had a few Motorola ones like the H700, plus I have still been using the Plantronics Voyager that I reviewed some time ago that I really enjoy. However, my problem was often that I didn’t have the earpiece [...]


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DNA Is The Linux Of The Natural World

We probably all vaguely assume that computers will overthrow us someday, which may be why it's so unsettling to learn that computer code is evolving much like genetic code. By comparing bacterial genomes to Linux, researchers have found "survival of the fittest" acting in computer programming. More »


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Maria Shriver No Makeup: 57-Year-Old Sports Swimsuit, Goes Au Naturel In Hawaii (PHOTOS)

Maria Shriver looked flawless as she went makeup-free while vacationing in Hawaii with her family on March 29.

Joined by her kids Katherine and Patrick Schwarzenegger and Patrick's girlfriend Taylor Burns, Shriver was seen building a sand castle before taking a walk along the water's edge, sporting a black zip-up swimsuit and sheer cover up.

The 57-year-old appeared happier than ever following her divorce from her husband of 25 years, Arnold Schwarzenegger, after his admission he fathered a child with the family housekeeper in 2011.

Check out Maria with no makeup below:

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More than 200 people rescued after being swept 3 miles out to sea on ice floes

Helicopters, boats, and rescue crews came to the aid of more than 200 people who were trapped on ice floes in Latvia.'s Dara Brown reports.

By Ian Johnston, Staff Writer, NBC News

More than 200 people were swept about three miles out to sea on two large ice floes off the coast of Latvia, an official said Friday.

A rescue operation managed to save all 223 people caught on the ice as they drifted out into the Gulf of Riga in the Baltic Sea, State Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson Victoria Sembele said by phone.

Friday is a national holiday in Latvia and many were fishing through holes cut in the sea ice when two large sections broke off at about 12:30 p.m. local time (6:30 a.m. ET), Sembele said.

One floe, from Vakarbulli, was about 0.6 miles across and carried off 180 people. A smaller floe, from Majori about 20 miles away, had 43 people on it.

The floes were only about a foot thick, Sembele said, but despite strong winds and some large waves, did not break up significantly.

She said 19 people were rescued by helicopter, 170 people were taken off by three ships from Riga Freeport and the rest were saved by police and fire-and-rescue vessels. The rescue operation finished at about 4 p.m. local time (10 a.m. ET).

?It would have been quite cold and windy to be on the ice,? Sembele said. ?It was not so nice weather.?

?Nobody fell in the sea ? it?s very lucky for those people who were there,? she said.

?I saw some of these people who were rescued. Some of them were really happy they were finally on the coast, some of them were calm and quiet. I suppose that they were in some shock,? she added.

Sembele said most of the people caught on the floes were adult men.

Senteja Verse, a police spokeswoman, confirmed all 223 people had been rescued. ?Everyone is safe,? she said.


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Studying Rocks Found On Earth For Clues About Space

With samples from over 1,800 separate meteorite falls around the world, ASU's Center for Meteorite Studies claims the world's largest university-based meteorite collection. Meenakshi Wadhwa explains how meteorites can teach researchers about the history of the solar system.


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SuperTooth HD Voice In-Car Speakerphone review

Not too long ago I had a few Bluetooth earpieces that I mainly used ?while driving. I had a few Motorola ones like the H700, plus I have still been using the Plantronics Voyager that I reviewed some time ago that I really enjoy. However, my problem was often that I didn’t have the earpiece [...]


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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Probation for 86-year-old who admitted 'mercy killing' of ailing ...

By Brian Skoloff, The Associated Press

PHOENIX --?An 86-year-old man who carried out a mercy killing by shooting his ailing wife and high school sweetheart in the head was sentenced Friday to probation after an emotional hearing where family members tearfully spoke on his behalf.

George Sanders could have faced more than 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter. The judge, who complimented the prosecutor for being "courageous" in recommending probation, allowed Sanders to walk out of the courtroom.

Judge John Ditsworth said his sentence of two years' probation was "individualized and tempers justice with mercy."

"It is very clear that he will never forget that his actions ended the life of his wife," Ditsworth said as Sanders stood at a podium, his hands clasped and shaking.

"In this set of facts, there was a perfect storm of individual circumstances which placed Mr. Sanders in a position where had to make a decision," Ditsworth said. "This set of facts hits close to home for all of us."

Sanders, wearing khakis and a white sport coat, spoke for only a minute about his love for his 81-year-old wife, Virginia Sanders, who he calls Ginger.

"Your honor, I met Ginger when she was 15 years old and I've loved her since she was 15 years old. I loved her when she was 81 years old," he said, trembling.

"It was a blessing, and I was happy to take care of her," Sanders continued. "I am sorry for all the grief and pain and sorrow I've caused people."

Sanders was arrested Nov. 9 after he says his wife begged him to shoot her at their home in the retirement community of Sun City outside Phoenix. He was initially charged with first-degree murder before reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors.

"The family very much loved their mother," prosecutor Blaine Gadow told the judge Friday as he recommended a sentence of probation, noting the "very unique, difficult circumstances of this case."

"I don't know where our society is going to go with cases like this, judge," Gadow said. "At this point in time, what Mr. Sanders did was a crime."

However, he added, "No one in the courtroom has forgotten the victim in this case."

Steve Sanders, the defendant's son, then spoke on behalf of his father, telling the judge the family never wanted him to be prosecuted.

"I want the court to know that I loved my mother dearly," he said. "But I would also like the court to know that I equally love my father."

Breaking down at time in tears, Steve Sanders explained how his father had been Virginia Sanders' sole caregiver as her health deteriorated.

"I fully believe that the doctor's visits, the appointments, the medical phone calls and the awaiting hospital bed led to the decision that my parents made together," he said. "I do not fault my father.

"A lot of people have hero figures in their life, LeBron James ... some world class figures ... but I have to tell you my lifelong hero is my dad," Steve Sanders told the judge, sobbing. He said his parents had been together for 62 years, "the love of his life, my mother."

Sanders grandson, Grant Sanders, then described what he called "a beautiful love story."

"My grandfather lived to love my grandmother, to serve and to make her feel as happy as he could every moment of their life," Grant Sanders said. "I truly believe that the pain had become too much for my grandmother to bear."

Sanders said his wife was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1969, and the couple moved from Washington state to Arizona in the 1970s for the warm, dry climate. She had been in a wheelchair since 1971.

Eventually, his own health deteriorated, and he said it became more difficult to care for his wife.

He said she was diagnosed with gangrene on her foot just a few days before the shooting and was set to be admitted to a hospital, then a nursing home.

"It was just the last straw," Sanders told a detective during his interrogation in November. "She didn't want to go to that hospital ... start cutting her toes off."

He said his wife begged him to kill her.

"I said, 'I can't do it honey,'" he told the detective. "She says, 'Yes you can.'"

Sanders then got his revolver and wrapped a towel around it so the bullet wouldn't go into the kitchen.

"She says, 'Is this going to hurt?' and I said, 'You won't feel a thing,'" he said.

"She was saying, 'Do it. Do it. Do it.' And I just let it go," Sanders added.

As he sentenced Sanders on Friday, Ditsworth recalled his drive home from court the day he accepted Sanders' plea. He said he tuned his radio to a talk show, "and I heard the name George Sanders and my curiosity piqued."

He said he listened for the next hour as about 25 callers expressed their opinions.

Many asked themselves, "What if this had happened to me? ... What if this were me, my brother, my wife?" Ditsworth said. "And it was overwhelming that the general public did not support Mr. Sanders' actions, but they understood them."?


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Tips & Tools To Choose a Great Domain Name - Frank Online ... and are the two most expensive domains ever sold

This Madrid hotel sign covers the top two domains!

I registered my first domain in the 1990s. Now I own over 100 of them.

Any time I?m playing with an idea for a business or a book I register whatever relevant domains I can find. That?s not so easy to do since all of the one word domains are gone and probably all of the two-word domains, in English anyway.

10 Most Expensive Domains Ever Sold

According to Business Insider, the 10 most expensive domain names sold to the end of December 2012 are:

Domain Sold For Year Sold
1 ?$13 million ?2010
2 ?$11 million ?2001
3 ?$10 million ?2008
4 ?$9.5 million ?2007
5 ?$7.5 million ?1999
5a ?$7.5 million ?2006
6 ?$5.5 million ?2010
7 ?$5.1 million ?2009
8 ?$4.9 million ?2008
9 ?$3 million ?2009
9a ?$3 million ?2006
10 ?$2.9 million ?2008

Makes the puny $250 I sold one for look pretty pathetic! (Mind you, I gave him a deal because I liked his business and he wasn?t making much money yet. Call me a softie!)

How much is it worth paying for a domain name?

This is what got me going on this post. The name I want for my new book is registered by someone who is just using it as a junk advertising page. I wondered how much they might be willing to sell it for, so I used a tool called? According to them, it isn?t worth anything, but I doubt that the owner will agree. We?ll see.

Tips for Choosing a Domain Name

  1. Try to match, as closely as possible, your brand/company name or a word that is closely associated with your business.
  2. Try to get a .com. If you are based in Canada, get the .ca too, but ideally you do want both versions. A lot of people start their ?search? by typing in your brand or store name followed by .com.
  3. Keep it short, if possible. That?s getting harder and harder to do. I really wanted to use, but that?s held by a comedian in the U.S. I did get, but decided for consistency I?d use the longer and .ca.
  4. Easy to spell. If there is likely to be confusion about how to spell it, get the misspelled variants and point those domains to the main one.
  5. Being early in the alphabet still helps. This isn?t as big a deal as it was when we relied on printed Yellow Pages, but there are still alphabetical listings on the Internet, as I discovered when I started putting Web Mystery Shoppers into directories!

Domain Name Tools

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There are several tools that help you generate ideas for domain names and discover if they are available.

One of the most interesting ones I?ve found lately is? It has a bunch of different tools to help you brainstorm ideas as well as checking to see what?s available. It even has one that will generate 5 ? 10 letter domain names that sound like real words but aren?t. So if you don?t have a brand name yet, maybe you?ll find something good in there!

How many domain names do you have registered? Have you ever sold one?


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It's a girl for Kristen Bell, fiance Dax Shepard

LOS ANGELES (AP) ? Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard are new parents of a baby girl.

The engaged actors took to Twitter Thursday to announce the arrival of their daughter, Lincoln Bell Shepard.

Bell, who stars on Showtime's "House of Lies," tweeted that her "new roommate poops her pants and doesn't pay rent." She closed with, "welcome baby Lincoln."

Shepard is a star of NBC's "Parenthood." He posted that his new daughter "has mom's beauty and dad's obsession with breasts."

Bell is 32 and Shepard is 38. The couple have been engaged since 2009.


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1 of 4 reptiles stolen from Calif. museum found

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) ? A Central California science museum has recovered one of four reptiles that were taken by a burglar who was caught on surveillance video shoving the lizard and three snakes into a garbage bag.

The 3 1/2-foot savannah monitor lizard was back at Fresno's Discovery Center on Friday after it was found nearby, the Fresno Bee reported ( ).

The suspect broke into the museum on Wednesday night or Thursday morning, smashed the tanks that held the four reptiles and made off with them. In addition to the lizard, the burglar took a 7-foot-long boa constrictor and two 3-foot-long ball pythons.

Surveillance video showed the suspect putting the four reptiles ? worth hundreds of dollars ? into a garbage bag. The suspect also went into the center's gift shop and stole children's toys, the phone system and the security monitor, the Bee reported.

The center's director, Mary Ellen Wright, said she was worried about the animals' conditions because they are mortal enemies.

"It would be like throwing two pit bulls in a locked room," she said.

Wright said the animals also could injure the thief. The monitor lizard has sharp, 2-inch claws.

Police are looking at the video, according to the Bee. A call to a Fresno police spokesman Friday was not immediately returned.

It wasn't immediately clear exactly where the monitor lizard was found, but a veterinarian is expected to examine the reptile to make sure it's OK.


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The Ocean Is Safe from Swarms of Man-Sized Robo-Jellyfish?For Now

While there's still a debate over whether the world's real jellyfish population is exploding or not, a team at Virginia Tech is working hard to supplement the prehistoric blobs' numbers with robotic monsters of their own. Huzzah? More »


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From Basement StartupTo Thriving Business: Glen Koedding, Green ...

From Basement Startup To Thriving BusinessIt?s been two years since Glen Koedding started Green Sun Energy Services in his Middletown basement.? He?s tapped into a market in New Jersey (second only to California for solar energy) for third party energy supply; high-end solar; energy efficient improvements; and after Hurricane Sandy hobbled the state last year, home generators.

Koedding anticipates doubling his already healthy revenue by year end. I?interviewed him about why he?s revamping his website, why there?s no such thing as ?free solar,? utilizing the cloud, and what California is taking from New Jersey (hint: it?s not retirees).

Question: Did you get any sleep during the month Sandy hit?

Glen Koedding

Glen?s business is succeeding in part because of smart marketing but also because he has a laser focus on his customers and knows what they need.

It wasn?t that bad because we had most of the upfront stuff ready. I took a walk after Sandy with my family and a neighbor asked me if we were doing generators yet. I said ?no, but give me two weeks.?

At home I called my business partner to say we needed to step up this generator thing, which was in the business plan already. I was able to launch a full blitz marketing campaign by the time the lights came back on.

We had the website, our lead capture form was up, pricing models in place, subcontractors contracted, and we sold close to $300,000 worth of in-home generators in about two months.

We did one email blast saying that folks who?d already opted in to our list would get a special price. It?s not something I could do without the Internet or without an understanding of email marketing and how to tie that into a good solid landing page. I can press a button and send emails out with a customized estimate with a contract attached to it. That?s pretty neat.

Question: What?s your biggest challenge in marketing Green Sun?

Misinformation about solar. Solar is the biggest of our four solutions, although whole house emergency backup generators are currently a hot commodity.

Solar canopy

Glen knows the ins and outs of the solar business and guides his customers to make educated and beneficial decisions.

Quite a few companies are marketing this thing called ?free solar.? You see kiosks at Home Depot. I haven?t figured out how they haven?t been indicted because it?s really not free?it?s a zero down lease. It?s a bait and switch. My Google ad says, ?Is free solar a scam?? We provide leasing that we?re transparent about. A lease should be lower than your electric payment and then it makes sense.

The other misinformation is cultural. Leasing is viewed as risk-free and cheap. But when you lease anything, it shows up on your credit report as a liability.

Our focus is to leverage the good credit rating of our customers so they can borrow at a much more competitive rate than with a lease and make a profit. I focused on this when starting the company because our state is giving millions away to leasing companies that are mainly in California. Solar is supported by a tiny portion of the rate you pay for electricity. Out-of-state leasing companies take those benefits, which were designed to support New Jerseyans for investing in solar. Consumers don?t understand this.

Question: In business today, how important is it to meet people face to face?

There?s no substitute for face to face. Web gives credibility, depth of research and reach, but in my market I depend upon reputation, so having both makes all the difference.

I get a good deal of business from a couple of business networking groups. They help our online marketing too. We help each other out on Facebook and LinkedIn. I have links on my site to local partners where I?m basically providing an advertising space and a backlink for people who I know have superior service.

Facebook has been the most important social media platform for us. On LinkedIn I have a tremendous amount of contacts, but we haven?t seen that translate into business. What it may do is provide credibility. You can see my connections and my history. But I think Facebook?s where referrals happen.

We do some pay-per-click advertising that?s highly targeted. We post installations, new products and solutions, and photos of clients. Prospects can see that people enjoy interacting with us and can get ideas. Clients post their electric bills! Getting that kind of interaction is huge. We?re building community.

Question: Are you bringing solar to the masses?

Princeton Solar

Solar may save energy but people also want it to look good. Glen accounts for the architecture of the building to install the most aesthetic ? and energy-saving ? option.

No, we?re a boutique company with a focus on long-term relationships with high-end clients. There?s alot of Kmarts in my industry. We want to be the local Nordstrom?s of solar, generators, third party energy and home energy improvements.

We?re highly segmented, very focused on high-end residential homeowners who want a long-term relationship and care about the aesthetic look and feel of the system?they want it to blend into their homes? architecture. They?re more likely to buy than lease solar because they want a return on investment.

Our other focus is what I call ?owner-occupied small businesses.? Like a home that?s converted into a funeral home, a vet, maybe a small manufacturing facility where they see solar as an investment, to not only reduce energy prices but profit. They?re also seeking that relationship and often, aesthetic appeal. If you go to a funeral home you don?t want to see gaudy solar panels! Architectural precision and tastefulness make a big difference.

Question: Tell us about your upcoming website facelift and what lessons you learned from your first two years.

I?ve learned to balance what I can do myself and what I can outsource. I come from a business, marketing and IT background. The website looked good when I was managing it, but didn?t have all the stuff in the back end right.

We use a third party application,, for all our operations except finance and to manage our website and client portal. I became a jack of all trades and taught myself HTML. The pages I added were good from a look and feel standpoint and okay on SEO. But I knew the code was dirty, so part of the relaunch was to include our new solution portfolio in a more organized manner, to clean up the code and get it optimized. I did some organic search first time around, but Version 2.0 will be better.

Video has not helped much despite the ton of statistics about how important it is. We have four videos on the homepage that have had less than 100 clicks after almost a year. Two are TV ads we abandoned because they gave us exposure but not conversions. I learned the first place people go to learn about and to buy something complicated is the Web, not TV or the phone book. The other two are a company video and one done by Brookdale?s continuing ed program. I was on the cover of the catalog. I did a 40-hour noncredit training course.

Part of the revamp was to ditch Flash and get a medium that works across all platforms. I can see on Google analytics that we get alot of mobile devices. I?ve limited my advertising to computers and tablets and excluded cell phones, but that?ll change. If the site?s not optimized at minimum for a tablet, you?re losing 50 percent of your potential market. My wife, for example, doesn?t use her laptop anymore.

The average cost to acquire a solar customer is approximately $1,000. For solar, it?s 50 percent referrals, 25 percent pure web leads and the rest is installer referrals. We have a referral bonus program.

We?re poised to double our revenue this year. We?ve got great teams, great subcontractors, all managed remotely. Everything?s in the cloud. It all goes back to the technology.

Koedding?s company can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

From Basement StartupTo Thriving Business


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The Note's Must-Reads for Friday, March 29, 2013

The Note's Must-Reads are a round-up of today's political headlines and stories from ABC News and the top U.S. newspapers. Posted Monday through Friday right here at

Compiled by ABC News' Jayce Henderson, Carrie Halperin, and Jordan Mazza

NEWTOWN / GUN CONTROL: The Hill's Justin Sink: " Obama: 'Shame on us if we've forgotten' victims of Newtown" President Obama made an emotional plea for Congress to pass gun-control legislation, telling the political world "shame on us" if it has forgotten the 26 people killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School less than 100 days ago. "Shame on us if we've forgotten," Obama said Thursday at a White House event where he was flanked by more than a dozen mothers whose children were the victims of gun violence. LINK

The Washington Times' Susan Crabtree: " Obama steps up pressure to pass gun measures" With polls showing waning support for new gun control measures, President Obama delivered an emotional and forceful plea aimed at ratcheting up pressure on Congress to pass a broad bill more than 100 days after the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. Flanked by police officials and mothers affected by gun violence, Mr. Obama said "none of these ideas should be controversial" and they should be ashamed if people have already lost interest in December's Sandy Hook massacre. LINK

USA Today's Aamer Madhani: " Obama: 'Remember how we felt after Sandy Hook'" Standing among a group of mothers who have lost children to gun violence, President Obama on Thursday attempted to increase pressure on Congress to pass a package of gun-control bills. LINK

GAY MARRIAGE: ABC News' Shushanna Walshe: "Republican Senator 'Evolving' on Gay Marriage Issue" Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, is "evolving" on the issue of gay marriage, but she has stopped short of joining the other senator from Alaska, Mark Begich, D-Alaska, in endorsing it. LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS: The New York Times' Declan Walsh and Zia Ur-Reham: " Taliban Terrorize Karachi as the New Gang in Town" This seaside metropolis is no stranger to gangland violence, driven for years by a motley collection of armed groups who battle over money, turf and votes. But there is a new gang in town. Hundreds of miles from their homeland in the mountainous northwest, Pakistani Taliban fighters have started to flex their muscles more forcefully in parts of this vast city, and they are openly taking ground. LINK

Politico's Tony Romm: " U.S., China cyber battle intensifies" The United States and China appear locked in a cybersecurity war - of mostly words - that's beginning to escalate.Both the White House and Capitol Hill now explicitly criticize Beijing for failing to subdue the hackers and spies thought to reside within the country's borders. LINK

Bloomberg's Flavia Krause-Jackson & Peter S. Green: " UN Arms Trade Pact Stalls as Iran, N. Korea, Syria Object" An international treaty regulating the $70 billion global arms trade was sidetracked after failing to get the unanimous support needed for adoption among more than 150 countries taking part in negotiations at the United Nations. Iran, North Korea and Syria yesterday barred passage of proposed standards to block illegal exports of conventional weapons - from small arms and missile launchers to tanks, warships and attack helicopters. LINK

ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT: The Washington Post's Juliet Eilperin: " Obama administration moves ahead with sweeping rules requiring cleaner gasoline" The Environmental Protection Agency will move ahead Friday with a rule requiring cleaner gasoline and lower-pollution vehicles nationwide, amounting to one of President Obama's most significant air pollution initiatives, according to people briefed on the decision. The proposed standards would add less than a penny a gallon to the cost of gasoline while delivering an environmental benefit akin to taking 33 million cars off the road, according to a senior administration official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the announcement had not been made yet. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO: " Los Angeles Archbishop: Illegal immigrants should be given access to the American dream" LINK

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New Soyuz route cuts travel time to ISS from two days to six hours

New Soyuz route cuts travel time to ISS from two days to six hours

Normally, a trip from Earth to the ISS takes about two days. Thursday, a Soyuz capsule docked with the orbiting laboratory after less than six hours of flight time, setting a record. Accelerating the trip wasn't an issue of newer technology or more powerful engines, necessarily, but of better math and planning. The Russian vehicle essentially took a shortcut that required precisely timed steering over the course of four orbits, putting three crew members (including one American astronaut) on the space station at 10:28pm ET -- just five hours and 45 minutes after takeoff from Kazakhstan. Russian engineers are already looking at ways to trim more time off the trip, by cutting two more orbits from the route. Obviously the human cargo appreciates spending less time in the cramped quarters of the Soyuz. But getting equipment and materials for experiments to the ISS quicker should also yield better and more reliable scientific results. For a few clips of liftoff and the docking itself check out the NASA link in the source.

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Watch: US Flexes Muscles: Stealth Bombers in South Korea (ABC News)

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Exclusive: Indonesia's CT Corp proposes all-cash deal for Bakrie's media unit

By Janeman Latul and Randy Fabi

TANJUNG BENOA, Indonesia (Reuters) - CT Corp, one of Indonesia's emerging conglomerates, has proposed an all-cash deal for a controlling stake in media firm PT Visi Media Asia , valued at up to $1.8 billion, to strengthen its position in the media business in Southeast Asia's biggest economy.

The founder and chairman of CT Corp, Chairul Tanjung, told Reuters that his firm wanted to purchase Visi Media, a unit of Indonesia's powerful Bakrie family, without any partners.

"We are one of the preferred bidders. Our proposal is we want to buy it all ... my pocket is still deep," the 51-year-old billionaire said in his hotel room on the resort island of Bali, shortly after meeting with the president and cabinet ministers in his role as head of the president's economic advisory body.

"(It is) only us that can pay cash one hundred percent ... but the deal is not done yet."

CT Corp is already a major player in the Indonesian media business and controls two local TV stations. Tanjung said he would take out a new loan to buy the Visi Media stake. He declined to say how much the company would borrow for the deal.

This is the first time any bidder has publicly announced that it was offering to buy the company.

Indonesia's politically influential Bakrie family has been in talks to sell its majority interest in Visi Media to help finance a plan to buy back coal assets from London-listed Bumi Plc , sources with direct knowledge have said.

The Bakries are offering around a 51 percent stake in Visi Media, which the family controls via its vehicle CMA Indonesia. The process has been going on for the past three months with local bidders, including CT Corp and MNC Group, the sources said.

The Bakries had been looking for a valuation of $1.2 billion to $2 billion for the unit, although Visi Media's current market capitalization is only around $800 million, the sources said.

Visi Media has two national TV stations and a news website.

The sources said the stake would be worth up to $1.8 billion.

Tanjung, who trained as a dentist before becoming a businessman, also plans to build a $3 billion theme park on Indonesia's Java island and make it one of the biggest theme parks in Southeast Asia when it opens in 2016.

"We will build a city, not only a theme park, as I want to make many Indonesians feel happy," Tanjung said, adding that the land for the park would be around 200 hectares and the construction would start by the end of this year.

The group, which was founded by Tanjung, currently operates two theme parks and has plans to add another 20 theme parks across Indonesia over the next few years.

Tanjung is Indonesia's fifth-richest man with a net worth around $3.4 billion as of march, according to Forbes.

(Editing by Jonathan Thatcher and Chris Gallagher)


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Surviving Divorce: 18 How to Reconnect With The Authentic Self ...

During a wedding we were piece of the team. Compromise plus negotiations were a big piece of creating the partnership function. Even inside wise marriages you are able to lose sight of elements which create up that we certainly are over time. Little compromises plus options prepared lengthy ago have left pieces of we behind. If a relationship was from balance or abusive, it is very probably which we gave more of oneself away.

When you see oneself suddenly about your, without a partner, reconnecting with a authentic self is an significant, plus occasionally forgotten, step inside a healing task.

After each ending, there is a new beginning. This really is a wonderful time to look at the planet by fresh eyes. What appeals to we? What doesn?t? What colors draw we inside? Do we choose quiet or perhaps a great deal of sensory input? What are the favorite tastes? What makes we smile? What is the favorite flower, track, spot to sit?

Who inside the planet are we?????

When we slow down plus pay attention to the way you feel regarding the small points we begin to keep in mind a authentic self. Reconnecting with this element of you?ll provide we the strength plus self-confidence you ought to move forward inside a unique lifetime with ease plus elegance.

Here are certain tips which could help we inside recalling whom we absolutely are:

1. Start surrounding oneself with aspects which warm the heart or lift a spirits.

2. Look for 1 gorgeous thing to enjoy every day.

3. Switch items up. It?s the planet plus we reach result in the options today.

4. List a top 5 values plus employ them because a mantra for a lifetime.

5. Select 5 family values with a kids to guide the new family lifetime.

6. Check in before generating options. Listen to a heart.

7. Start a daily log.

8. Write a vision for a hot existence.

9. Make a list of the details you?re passionate regarding.

10. Write 5 factors you?re grateful for each evening.

11. Revisit the dreams we utilized to have for the lifetime.

12. Explore different designs of music, house decor, plus clothing.

13. Bring out a cool side.

14. Give your children versatility to express their creativity because we express yours.

15. Get an adventure ? do anything we constantly sought to do.

16. Create a vision board.

17. Surround oneself with individuals that inspire plus help we.

18. Tell a youngsters how much we love them. Frequently.

Life Coach, Linda Luke, supports customers inside reconnecting with their own inside guidance program plus clearing the thoughts, worries, values, plus practices which receive inside the technique of their having the lifetime they wish.

She has numerous training certifications plus is a graduate of the Spiritual Psychology Master?s System at the University of Santa Monica.

Linda supports customers by telephone over the country plus has free initial consultations. You are able to reach her through e-mail at:


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HIV test urged for 7,000 Oklahoma dental patients

TULSA, Okla. (AP) ? Health officials said Thursday that thousands of patients of an Oklahoma dentist should undergo testing for HIV and hepatitis after officials investigating the source of a patient's disease discovered instruments weren't being cleaned properly.

The Oklahoma Board of Dentistry said Thursday that state and county health inspectors inspected Dr. W. Scott Harrington's practice after a patient with no other known risk factors tested positive for hepatitis C and the virus that causes Aids. At Harrington's clinics, they found multiple sterilization issues, including cross-contamination of instruments and the use of a separate, rusty, set of instruments for patients who were known to carry infectious diseases.

Harrington, an oral surgeon, voluntarily closed his practices in Tulsa and suburban Owasso and is cooperating with investigators, said Kaitlin Snider, a spokeswoman for the Tulsa Health Department. He faces a hearing April 19 and could lose his license.

"It's uncertain how long those practices have been in place," said "He's been practicing for 36 years."

Phone numbers for Harrington at his home and offices were disconnected Thursday and it was not clear if he had a lawyer.

Snider said letters would be sent Friday to 7,000 patients who went to Harrington's clinics in Tulsa and suburban Owasso since 2007. The letters recommend testing for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV. The agencies say it is rare for infections to spread in occupational settings but that tests are important.

The Dentistry Board complaint says Harrington and his staff told investigators that a "high population of known infectious disease carrier patients" received dental care from him.

An autoclave used to sterilize all instruments wasn't working properly, the complaint said. The clinic also apparently used outdated drugs, as one vial on the premises this year had an expiration date of 1993, the complaint said.

The health departments said hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV are serious medical conditions and infected patients may not have outward symptoms of the disease for many years. "As a precaution, and in order to take appropriate steps to protect their health, it is important for these patients to get tested. It should be noted that transmission in this type of occupational setting is rare," their statement said.

Testing will be offered free of charge at the Tulsa Health Department's North Regional Health and Wellness Center.


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AP Interview: Egypt says Iranian tourists no risk

CAIRO (AP) ? Egypt's tourism minister says Iranian tourists would help shore up Egypt's dilapidated tourism industry and would not pose security challenge to the nation.

Speaking to The Associated Press in Cairo on Thursday, Hesham Zazou says he does not worry that visiting Iranians would try to export a revolution to Egypt.

Preparations are under way to allow Iranian tourists visit at a time when the Egyptian government is looking to boost the tourism business back to pre-revolution levels when 14.7 million tourists visited Egypt in 2010.

Continued unrest since the 2011 uprising that forced longtime authoritarian president Hosni Mubarak to step down, have scared away tourists and investment.

Last year, the number of tourists climbed to more than 10 million, but most tourists go to beach resorts along the Red Sea.


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Thursday, March 28, 2013

How Secure Is the Passcode on My Phone?

How Secure Is the Passcode on My Phone?Dear Lifehacker,

There have been a lot of passcode exploits lately. Like, a whole lot. Should I be worried? How much does protection does my lock screen actually give me?

Perturbed About Passcodes

Dear Perturbed,

Your concern isn't unfounded, and while these exploits don't give an attacker full access to your phone, other tricks can. Here's what you need to know about keeping your phone secure.

What These Exploits Actually Do

Let's start with the iPhone: Both of the recent iOS 6 passcode exploits allowed an attacker to glitch their way only into the Phone app, not the home screen. As such, they could place calls, see/edit your contacts and access your photos via the "assign new picture" option. So while it doesn't give someone total access to your phone, it's still enough to be concerned about.

The exploits affecting Samsung Galaxy phones worked a bit differently, flashing the home screen (or whatever was open before the phone locked) for no more than a second. While it doesn't seem all that nefarious, it's enough time to launch an app, and persistent attackers could use it repeatedly to download an app that would unlock your phone completely.

How Secure Is the Passcode on My Phone?

Both manufacturers are aware of these problems?Apple recently released iOS 6.1.3 to address its passcode issue, only to have it circumvented yet again. Samsung has also stated it's intent to do the same, although at the time that this is being written the only existing fix is a third party one.

A Passcode Doesn't Completely Protect You

It may seem like your phone's security has suddenly been compromised with all these passcode exploits, but really, passcodes have never been foolproof. In fact, they're no more secure than any other password or PIN: they can be cracked, and they really shouldn't be the only thing protecting your smartphone's data.

I reached out to security expert Brandon Gregg about the level of security a passcode affords. Here's what he had to say:

Passcodes do not mean encryption. Only if you specifically go to your Android settings can you encrypt your phone (and SD card) with a separate, strong password. Too many people believe their four digit Android or iOS passcodes protect their private information. First off, anyone can easily brute force your short 10,000 possibility password. Tools like XRY (which I use and was profiled on Gizmodo) can do the crack in milliseconds. Second, a passcode does not protect from direct forensic access by tools like XRY, MPE by Accessdata and the growing list of programs for Law Enforcement. Once inside the phone, all your data is up for grabs. The best thing you can do right now is full encryption. The above tools aren't designed for brute force at that level (yet) and the data will be useless.

Basically, your data is vulnerable on two levels. First, you have a lock screen passcode, which can be cracked, although using a strong alphanumeric password can make brute-forcing your phone take much longer to crack. However, your data is still sitting there on your phone's hard drive, and an attacker with the proper forensic equipment and enough patience can still get at your data?unless you have full disk encryption.

Android has had full disk encryption since Honeycomb (3.0), albeit with some limitations. iOS also has a Data Protection API that apps can use to encrypt and protect your data, but it's up to app developers to incorporate it (and it doesn't work with apps that use iCloud), so its a lot less useful. In both cases, however, the encryption key is the same as your passcode lock, and you'd have to use a strong passcode for the encryption to be effective. But who wants to enter in a long, alphanumeric password every time they need their phone? The point is to make it hard for hackers to get into your phone, not you.

Should I Even Bother with a Passcode Lock?

Of course. There's no reason for you to make things easy for the thief who steals your phone. You could also be very fortunate and end up being robbed by someone who doesn't know the first thing about getting around lock screens. By all means, enable your passcode, and make sure it's a good one.

However, understand that your lock screen alone isn't going to truly protect your data, and encryption is far from perfect. To that end, we recommend setting up a service like Apple's Find My iPhone, or a third-party app like Prey. They can track your smartphone and wipe its data when you lose it (or it gets stolen). Hopefully, you'll never need to worry about this sort of thing, but you know what an ounce of prevention is worth.


Photo by Neyro (Shutterstock).


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1 of FBI's most wanted surrenders

DENVER (AP) ? One of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives has voluntarily returned from El Salvador to Colorado to face a first-degree murder charge in a 2011 slaying, the FBI said Wednesday.

Edwin Ernesto Rivera Gracias landed in Centennial, Colo., with FBI agents Wednesday afternoon, less than two weeks after being added to the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list.

The surrender of Rivera Gracias, a citizen of El Salvador, came after the FBI announced a $100,000 reward for information leading to his arrest. The FBI isn't releasing further details related to the reward.

Rivera Gracias was wanted in Jefferson County in the slaying of Richard Limon, 69, whose body was found near a guardrail on Lookout Mountain in 2011. He had been stabbed multiple times.

An affidavit filed in federal court alleges Rivera Gracias had talked about killing Limon because of allegations that Limon molested Rivera Gracias' girlfriend. The girlfriend was the daughter of Limon's wife.

Limon's wife and another man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the case and have been sentenced to prison. Rivera Gracias' girlfriend pleaded guilty to being an accessory to commit murder.

"This outcome provides assurance for victims and prosecutors throughout the United States that those who commit egregious crimes will be pursued around the globe," said Steve Olson, FBI Denver acting special agent in charge, in a written statement.




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Prebiotics: Do supplements in baby formula help prevent allergies?

Mar. 25, 2013 ? Prebiotic supplements in infant formula may help to prevent eczema, according to a systematic review published in The Cochrane Library. However, the review highlights a lack of high quality evidence for the effects of prebiotics in preventing allergies.

It is thought that bacteria lining the gut may play an important role in a child developing sensitivities to certain foods and allergens, regulating immune responses and determining how they will react to the same substances in later life. Prebiotics are indigestible components of breast milk, fruit and vegetables that stimulate the growth and activity of healthy bacteria in the gut. They are distinct from probiotics, which are cultures of live bacteria such as those added to yoghurts and infant formula. Prebiotics can also be added to infant formula. However, it is unclear exactly what effect these supplements have on the development of allergies.

The researchers drew together data from four studies involving a total of 1,428 children. Children were given formula containing prebiotic supplements or, as a control, standard formula. Studies followed children to between four months and two years of age and reported the number who developed allergies. Eczema was significantly reduced in children who were fed formula containing prebiotics. Only two studies investigated asthma. The number of children who developed asthma was similar whether they were given formula with added prebiotics or without. In one study looking at urticaria (hives), giving children formula containing prebiotics did not prevent any cases of the allergy.

Only one study assessed the effect of giving formula containing prebiotics to high-risk children, who had close family members with allergies. In this study, prebiotics reduced both eczema and asthma, but there were no significant reductions in allergies overall in high-risk children. "Given these findings, it remains unclear whether the use of prebiotics should be restricted to infants at high risk of allergy or may have an effect in low risk populations," said lead researcher, John Sinn of the University of Sydney in Sydney, Australia.

"Overall, we found some evidence that infant formula containing prebiotic supplements can help prevent eczema in children up to two years of age," said Sinn. "However, the quality of existing evidence is generally low or very low. More high quality research is needed before we can recommend routine use of prebiotics for prevention of allergy."

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  1. JK Sinn, DA Osborn. Prebiotics in infants for prevention of allergy and food hypersensitivity. The Cochrane Library, 2013 (in press) DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD006474

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